The Collection



Tina Modotti, Two Sisters, 1926 ca., stampa alla gelatina d'argento su carta, MASI Lugano, Collezione Cantone Ticino

Palazzo Reali hosts a selection of works from its permanent collection. On the ground floor, visitors can admire an in situ intervention by Niele Toroni for the inauguration of the Museo Cantonale d’Arte in 1987. The four rooms and corridor of the upper floor contain several themes linked to specific historical periods, artists and artistic movements.

In autumn-winter 2021–2022, the second floor of Palazzo Reali will host a selection of works by artists of the museum’s collections. The five rooms juxtapose paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper and mixed media by artists of different generations and provenance. Their careers, linguistic choices and formal outcomes are, on the one hand, similar in certain aspects, and, on the other hand, profoundly unique. The 50 or so works on display offer a cross-section of art from the second half of the 20th century: from the 1920s photography of Florence Henri and Tina Modotti to the contemporary shots of Fiorenza Bassetti and Stefania Beretta; from the diaphanous figurative painting of Silvia Gertsch to the more Surreal one of Meret Oppenheim; from the explorations of Ivana Falconi and Miriam Cahn on the face and body, to the materials research of Ingeborg Lüscher, Luisa Figini, Teres Wydler and Isabelle Krieg; from the minimalist practice of Gloria Graham, Adriana Beretta and Roni Horn, up to the ‘inflorescences’ of Silvia Bächli and Margherita Turewicz-Lafranchi.


First floor

Fausto Agnelli / Umberto Boccioni / Filippo Boldini / Augusto Catenazzi / Antonio Chiattone / Carlo Crivelli / Adolfo Feragutti Visconti / Angelika Kauffmann / Maestro di Lonigo / Pier Francesco Mola / Carlo Agostino Meletta / Giuseppe Mentessi / Marco Palmezzano / Giuseppe Antonio Petrini / Gaetano Previati / Antonio Rinaldi / Giovanni Pietro Rizzoli / Tommaso Rodari / Mariano d’Agnolo Romanelli / Luigi Rossi / Giovanni Serodine / Massimo Stanzione / Niele Toroni / Luigi Vassalli

Second floor

Silvia Bächli / Fiorenza Bassetti / Adriana Beretta / Stefania Beretta / Aenne Biermann / Mariapia Borgnini / Miriam Cahn / Ivana Falconi / Luisa Figini / Ruth Ann Fredenthal / Silvia Gertsch / Gloria Graham / Florence Henri / Roni Horn / Isabelle Krieg / Ingeborg Lüscher / Piritta Martikainen / Tina Modotti / Ruth Moro / Meret Oppenheim / Carole Seborovski / Margherita Turewicz-Lafranchi / Teres Wydler

  • MASI Palazzo Reali

  • via Canova 10, 6900 Lugano


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